September 2022 Newsletter














Choose Experience. Get Resolution.

We made it through what we hope was the hottest month of the year. August brought the usual back-to-school busy-ness and occasional chaos. Even those without children often get caught up in it as they tangle with shopping crowds and maneuver through metro-area traffic.

Networking among the SM&P family ensures that the team works seamlessly with each other for the benefit of our clients. Read about the local concert that brought them together recently.

Again this year, SM&P dedicated some time and heart to cleaning up a cemetery where hometown veterans are buried. Learn about where the cleanup occurred and why our staff members were touched by their participation.

Let’s welcome this month’s Attorney Spotlight, Kimbley Puckett. Check out her family law background spanning more than two decades.

In recognition of Grandparents’ Day, Sunday, September 11, remember to show appreciation to the grandparents in your life whether they’re relatives, friends, or even yourself! We at SM&P advocate for this generation of experienced parents. Find out about grandparents’ rights here.

Although our offices and the courts will be closed on Labor Day, September 5, we do have an account manager available to take your call and connect you with an attorney for a consult. We wish everyone a well-deserved, long weekend.

Community News

SM&P Team Enjoys Ball Ground Concert Together

The SM&P staff recently enjoyed some inner- and intra-office camaraderie by hanging out together at a community concert in downtown Ball Ground, Georgia.

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“Graveyard Shift” Cleans up Cemetery

Marietta’s American Legion Post 29’s volunteer team known as the Graveyard Shift consists of veterans and family members who maintain the Shiloh Cemetery in Cobb County. 

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Featured Attorney

Kimbley Puckett

Atlanta native and UGA graduate Kimbley Puckett was employed in the legal field for more than two decades before being recruited by SM&P. One reason she made the move was her desire to worry less about the administrative / management part of maintaining and growing a business and concentrate more on her clients. “I prefer this environment where I am able to give my clients all the attention they deserve,” Kimbley noted.

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Catherine Sartain

Gainesville, Georgia native and UGA School of Law graduate Catherine Sartain worked for a small family law firm there before joining SM&P. “While a smaller firm can have its perks,” she explains, “you end up wearing many hats, often juggling administrative tasks on top of practicing law. I was interested in finding an environment where everyone had a job or area of focus and worked well together, like a well-oiled machine. It makes the process much smoother. I found that here at Stearns.”

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Recent Content

Grandparents’ Rights

While not as common as cases involving parental rights, we do see quite a few grandparents’ rights cases that involve visitation and custody. If you’re a grandparent, you might wonder when you have the right to claim legal visitation and custody—and you might not even know that you had these rights.

Different Types of Divorce

Getting a divorce can be a stressful decision. Supposing you have not been through anything like this, it may be confusing to hear the different terminology; therefore, it is helpful to understand the jargon used throughout the process. 

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